Clinique Derma White Super City Block SPF40/PA+++

by lyn on March 7, 2012 · 8 comments

in Clinique, Sunscreen

clinique white super block

I have been using the Clinique Derma White Super City Block in SPF 40 on and off since mid of last year. Before getting the full-sized tube, I had a miniature version which I used for a week and thought it was a pretty decent sunblock at that time. But I came across a better sunscreen a few months later and the Clinique sunblock hardly got to see the light of day since.

clinique white super block

From the swatch, you can see that the cream is tinted and dispenses as a light beige tint. It is not an exact match and is actually a wee bit more yellow on me.

The sunblock is a little thick and can be difficult to spread especially if you have dry or dehydrated skin. During drier days, I find that the sunblock has a tendency to drag and sit on flaky bits of skin. You’d need to have a well moisturised face before using it. So I think it may be more suitable for folks with oilier skin.

clinique white super block

The Clinique sunblock takes a while to absorb and I can actually “feel” it sitting on my face. It is also a little tacky probably because it doesn’t absorb fully. I can’t recall the sample size tube giving me as many problems so it may be possible that the cream actually thickened over time? It is unlikely but it sure does seem that way.

clinique white super block

Sadly, the Derma White City Block does not really work for me. I think if you generally have good or normal skin, the sunblock won’t be as troublesome. However my skin tends to be rather fickle and I would prefer something that applies and absorbs better. On the bright side, it does not break me out and with SPF40 PA+++, it offers good protection.

The Clinique Derma White Super City Block is available at Clinique counters nationwide and costs RM135 for each 30ml tube.

Active Ingredients: Zinc Oxide 8.8%, Octinoxate 7.5%, Titanium Dioxide 6.6%, Octisalate 2%
Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eautrioctyldodecyl Citrate, Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate, Steareth-2, Silica, Aluminum Stearate, Angelica Acutiloba (Japanese Angelica) root extract, Porphyra Yezoensis (Algae) extract, Hordeum Vulgare (Barley) extract/Extrait d’orge, Zizyphus Jujuba fruit extract, Paeonia Suffruticosa (peony) root extract, cucumis Sativus (cucumber) fruit extract, Helianthus Annuus (sunflower) seedcake, Saccharomyces Lysate extract, Carthamus Tinctorius (safflower) flower extract, Rosa Roxburghii fruit extract, Paeonia Albiflora (peony) root extract, Gardenia Florida extract, lecithin, Poria Cocos Sclerotium extract, Propylene Glycol dicaprate, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria), yeast extract/faex/extrait de levure, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (licorice) root extract, citric acid, peg-100 stearate, Betula Alba (birch) bark extract, acetyl glucosamine, tocopheryl acetate, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) extract, caffeine, magnesium ascorbyl, phosphate, squalane, glycyrrhetinic acid, Gentiana Lutea (Gentian) root extract, Oryza Sativa (rice) bran extract, Ceteth-2, peg-40 stearate, sorbitan tristearate, magnesium aluminum silicate, polyglyceryl-6 polyricinoleate, tricaprylin, sucrose, stereath-20, sodium rna, sodium stearate, isopropyl titanium triisostearate, stearic acid, pantethine, Rosmarinus Officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, Bifida Ferment Lysate, Glycine Soja (soybean) seed extract, glycerin, barium sulfate, glucose, caprylyl glycol, hexylene glycol, polyethylene, peg/ppg-18/18 dimethicone, Citrus Unshiu peel extract, xanthan gum, disodium edta, bht, chlorphenesin, phenoxyethanol, mica, iron oxides (Ci-77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), titanium dioxide (Ci 77891) [ILN29176]


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rinnah March 7, 2012 at 9:50 AM

Yup, I got that tacky feeling too, but then after about 30 mins it would be okay until my skin oiled up with it on. :(

I’m now looking at the Clarins HP one but having second thoughts cos the scent is quite strong.
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lyn March 8, 2012 at 11:19 AM

So it may not be suitable for those with oily skin too? Sigh, I had such high hopes for this product and it’s really too bad it didn’t work out that well. Regarding the Clarins sunscreen, it is pretty good and I believe has better oil control. The scent does dissipate so I wouldn’t worry too much about it.


dom March 7, 2012 at 1:39 PM

Yep, I agree with you – this is something that I unfortunately did not like from Clinique. I found it pilling after application as well :(
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lyn March 8, 2012 at 11:22 AM

I didn’t even think about the pilling! But I think it depends on what you use (moisturiser / serum) prior to applying this sunblock. I find that it pills more with certain moisturisers but is fine with others or on its own.


Juan March 8, 2012 at 11:26 AM

i have this and love this to bits. sometimes when i think my skin is too oily, i would skip my moisturiser and just use this after my usual serum. it doesn’t break me out, it makes my skin look healthy and i love that sheer tint because it helps my skin when i don’t feel like putting on any makeup. too bad it doesn’t work for you, though.
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lyn March 9, 2012 at 7:47 AM

I’m glad you’re liking this and with any product, the usage and effect will be different to each of us. I can’t seem to use this on its own because the shade is not an exact match and it tends to make my face look a bit more yellow. But it is still a decent sunblock, just not for me.


Lily March 8, 2012 at 4:44 PM

I used this before and it didn’t work for me either. I have combination oily skin and I prefer something much lighter.
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lyn March 9, 2012 at 7:51 AM

I don’t actually mind a heavier product as long as it absorbs well and blends into my skin. Have you tried this without using a moisturiser first? It may feel more lightweight on its own.


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